Day in history for February 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The party held at the city hall last Friday eve, by the ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church, was well attended and everything passed off in fine style. We hear that the proceeds were about $115.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Commodore W.F. Davidson of the Northern Line Packet Co., Capt. Shethar, superintendent of the Line, and Capts. Abe Hutchinson and A. Lamont were scheduled to confer soon with Rock Island businessmen in regard to river freight rates.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The enlarged wing of St. Anthony's Hospital was completed.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A city amateur boxing tournament will be held at the Rock Island Armory starting March 15 under auspices of the Gibberman Bros. Athletic Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bituminous Casualty Corporation and the Bituminous Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Rock Island, announced the appointment of E.J. Barlow, 1301 2nd Ave., Rock Island, as manager, and Carl East as safety engineer of the companies' new branch office in New Orleans.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Late bus arrivals and a hectic bus schedule prompted the purchase of a 16-passenger van by the Carbon Cliff-Barstow board of education. The present van will continue to be used, in order to meet the demands of a heavy schedule. Six to eight parents attended the meeting to learn the board's solution to the late pickup of children and late class arrivals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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